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Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Long time since Labour's prawn cocktail offensive

Last time Labour was in power the party launched the "prawn cocktail offensive", when it wined and dined business leaders in an attempt to convince them that Labour was on their side.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital is facing demands to make £60m in savings

£60m cuts at Queen Elizabeth Hospital to be piled on 'untenable' financial pressures

QE's finance chief warns that frontline healthcare will suffer as city's flagship hospital faces demands to make massive savings

Ian Copley, new head of sales for Wesleyan's medical north team

Wesleyan appoints new head of sales for medical north team

Ian Copley will lead a team of 94 financial consultants and seven area managers in the North of England, providing advice and products to meet the needs of medical professionals

Four Dwellings Academy, Lea Forest Primary Academy and Montgomery Primary Academy swapped the books for the brawn as they competed in the UKs very first 31-legged race at the Birmingham NEC all in the name of Sport Relief

Accepting childhood inactivity comes at a great cost

Action needed as report highlights too many kids not fit for purpose.

Eric Pickles

Beleagured Birmingham City Council's relief at Eric Pickles' team of trouble shooters

Worries that Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles would send some politically motivated gung ho character to stride into town like a new sheriff in Dodge City to clean up the Council House have to some extent been allayed.

Birmingham City University's Edgbaston campus is being expanded

£20m scheme to build School of Life Sciences in Edgbaston

Birmingham City University is investing to expand its Edgbaston campus with specialist laboratories for courses in health, nutrition and biomedicine

Want to know what UKIP believe? Read their manifesto pledges

UKIP's 2014 manifesto has been delayed, but we can look at what Nigel Farage and his colleagues were promising last time

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station

Birmingham Post backs #NoVoteNoVoice campaign to get people voting

We get behind a scheme to get more people to the ballot box (and fewer listening to Russell Brand)

Matt Carey and Charlene Field of The new 'Quinto Lounge' in Birmingham Road, Sutton Coldfield.

Quinto Lounge opens in Sutton Coldfield as flurry of new restaurants goes on

Quinto Lounge, opposite Cambaz in Birmingham Road, is the latest venue in the city for the Bristol-based Loungers group

In figures: The State of the NHS in Birmingham and the Black Country

  • NHS

David Cameron admits the NHS is "under pressure" this winter - and Labour claims it's "facing a crisis". So what's happening in West Midland health services?

A nurse at work in a hospital

Almost a fifth of Birmingham A&E patients have to wait four hours in festive period

  • NHS

The worst performer in the last week of December was Heart of England hospitals, where just 82.2% were seen in four hours

Birmingham at forefront of pioneering DNA project

Major genome project could help develop personalised drugs for patients with cancer and rare diseases

Dr David Rosser from Queen Elizabeth Hospital

NHS funding plan may cause deaths, Birmingham consultant's report claims

  • NHS

Proposals which would see only half of the funding for extra cases treated at specialist hospitals covered are "destructive" according to hundreds of health professionals

A child hides its face.

Lord Warner: NHS shares blame for Birmingham child protection failings

  • NHS

Lord Warner, who was appointed Birmingham children’s commissioner in April, has written to NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens to ask for his assistance

Police

The worst is yet to come as George Osborne tries to slash police and council spending

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement revealed plans to slash funding for local services to the bone

Birmingham Conservatoire Dean hits back after new building deemed 'ugly'

New plans for the building at Millennium Point received a less than positive response from social media onlookers

Birmingham City Council

Autumn Statement: Five more years of misery for councils

  • NHS

Funding from the Treasury for local services is to be cut by more than a fifth by 2019-20

George Jennings, GVA

GVA secures two sites for NHS staff

Deals done for University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust as part of the relocation of hundreds of staff from Selly Oak

Chancellor George Osborne

Autumn Statement: Stamp duty cut but councils facing more budget pressure

Raft of measures outlined by Chancellor George Osborne in final Autumn Statement before next general election

The Women on Wheels cycle club in Handsworth Park, Instructor Sabriha Abdou takes the ladies round the lake.

Birmingham cycling boost with millions of pounds en route

The funding was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg following the success of this year’s Tour de France stages in Britain

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